Cannabis Can Now Be Considered Kosher

Certain medical cannabis can now be considered kosher according to a post in the Jerusalem Post. CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kashrut department, Rabbi Menachem Genack, made a statement regarding medical cannabis products from Vireo Health. 

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Orthodox Union representatives have visited Vireo facilities and concluded that their cannabis plants are being grown in such conditions that qualify them to be considered kosher. Menachem stated that the products from Vireo Health, "were developed to alleviate pain and suffering in accordance with the New York State Compassionate Care Act.” He also added, "Using medical cannabis products recommended by a physician should not be regarded as a ‘chet,’ a sinful act, but rather as a mitzvah, an imperative, a commandment.”

Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health of New York, Ari Hoffnung, agrees that cannabis plants grown in insect-free environments should be qualified to be kosher. "Our hope is that the kosher certification of our cannabis-based medications sends an important message to New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds that using medical cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering does not in any way represent an embrace of ‘pot’ culture. Patients should never feel guilty or ashamed for using a product recommended by their physicians.”